Just when it seemed Blake Penner was getting comfortable in the WHL, his season came to an end due to a freak injury.
The local product was at practice March 1st with the Medicine Hat Tigers and suffered a bad leg injury due to a skate cut. Just like that, his 16-year-old rookie season came to an end. Even as the Tigers fell out of the second round of the WHL playoffs, Penner was hitting the ice for some light skating in his track suit.
Looking back, the left-winger wasn’t sure when or if he could get back into the lineup had the playoff run gone longer.
“It was tough,” said Penner, whose Tigers head to Lethbridge tonight to take on the Hurricanes in an exhibition tilt. “I definitely thought I would be back before I was.
“There is nothing you could really do. It was more important to get it back to healthy, so I didn’t have a serious injury out of it.”
Penner collected three goals and an assist in 42 games last season.
He took part in a number of sessions at the Tigers orientation camp to continue work on the comeback trail.
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